Definition of baffle in English:

baffle

Syllabification: baf·fle
Pronunciation: /ˈbafəl
 
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verb

[with object]
1Totally bewilder or perplex: an unexplained occurrence that baffled everyone
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  • Many critics doubted the wisdom in signing the Celtic player at all, but they were totally baffled at the decision to hose him with money.
  • One is totally baffled at the need for a grade separator at the RV Teacher's College Circle.
  • But none of the puzzles are so stupidly designed as to totally baffle players.
Synonyms
2Restrain or regulate (a fluid, sound, etc.): to baffle the noise further, I pad the gunwales
More example sentences
  • Access is via exterior galleries along the street frontages, with bathrooms and kitchens placed here to baffle the street noise.
  • The sensor baffling gear was still operating, but the visual disguise was gone.
  • Coaches thought about using two punt returners in Cincinnati to baffle the elements and provide a safety net for struggling Mac Cody.

noun

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A device used to restrain the flow of a fluid, gas, or loose material or to prevent the spreading of sound or light in a particular direction.
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  • In a second arrangement, the first gas supply opens into the central region above an upper baffle plate and the second gas supply opens into the periphery of a plenum between the upper baffle plate and a lower baffle plate.
  • Based on this data, we added baffles to optimize the light aperture within the spectrometer, thereby eliminating unnecessary rays while maximizing optical throughput.
  • Appropriately placed baffles ensure that the light is integrated by many bounces before it reaches the detector.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'cheat, deceive'): perhaps related to French bafouer 'ridicule' or obsolete French beffer 'mock, deceive'.

Derivatives

bafflement

noun
sense 1 of the verb.
More example sentences
  • This spread bafflement and gloom among atomic theorists, as described by Wolfgang Pauli.
  • The general reaction amongst my co-workers was sadly predictable, and could be best summed up as amused, incredulous bafflement.
  • His expressions change from confusion, to bafflement, to wonder.

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